Ausangate Mountain Trek 7 days 6 nights

Ausangate Mountain Trek
7 days 6 nights

LANGUAGES

English, Spanish

DURATION

7 days 6 nights

PHYSICAL CONDITION

Moderate

MEETING POINT

Calle Santa Teresa

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The Cordillera Vilcanota is an impressive range of mountains, which include the massive snow capped mountain of Ausangate (6,372m), the highest mountain in Cusco and three others over 6000 m. This region is excellent for trekking, offering the travelers everything you could want, spectacular mountain scenery, snow-capped mountains, natural thermal springs, turquoise lakes rich in bird life, picturesque local villages and traditionally dressed Quechua highlanders.
The Ausangate tour is a spectacular and beautiful 7-day circular trek, starting and finishing at the small village of Tinqui. The trek takes you around the huge snow-capped Mountain of Ausangate, and over three high passes (two over 5,000 m). We will have the chance to meet and to talk with native Quechua Indians who live at 4500 m, tending their herds of llamas and alpacas. It is essential to be properly acclimatized for this hike spending at least 3 days in Cusco before starting

We will also have a good chance to spot condors, the world´s largest flying bird, and other Andean fauna such as vicuña.

DAY 1 : CUSCO TO TINQUI (3,800m)

We leave Cusco, at about 08:00am. It is a 4 hour bus trip to the small village of Tinqui- the starting point of the trek. On the way we will pass through beautiful scenery and several traditional villages along the route. These include : Urcos, Cattca and Ocongate, where we will stop for a while to take some beautifull photos. We spend the night near the village of Tinqui.

DAY 2 : TINQUI TO UPIS (4,400M)

After packing the equipment and enjoying our breakfast, we start our trek around 8:00 am.The first 3 hours until lunch will be a great introduction to the magnificent scenery of the Vilcanota mountain range, with the great view of the snow capped mountain of Ausangate.
After lunch we have just two more hours trek until we arrive to the hot springs of Upis, where we are going to set up our camp for the night. This camp site is almost directly in front of Ausangate mountain. Later in the afternoon you can enjoy the natural thermal springs

DAY 3 : UPIS TO LAKE JATUN PUQA Q’OCHA

One day in the andes, today we will start 7:00am, and after three hours walking we reach the Arapa pass (4,850m). From this pass we continue 4 more hours down the valley until we reach the beautiful green lake of Puqaqocha (red lake) Finally we will arrive to our next campsite Jatun Puqa Q´ocha (beautiful turquoise lake).
From the campsite you can climb the small ridge north of the camp to see Lake Vino Q’ocha (named by the locals because it is sometimes the color of red wine due to glacial sediment coming down from nearby red mountains). Camping beside this beautiful lake you may be kept awake at night by the dramatic sound of ice falling into the lake. But don´t worry it´s safe.

DAY 4 : LAKE JATUN PUQA Q’OCHA TO PAMPACANCHA

After our breakfast this morning we’ll ascend to the second pass of Apuchata (4,900m). We then walk downhill with the fantastic view of the turquoise Lake Ausangate below. This lake is fed from the melting snow of Ausangate mountain. From the lake you’ll hike up hill again to the Palomani pass (5,200 m), the highest point of the trek. Following the trail into the next valley for an hour or so brings us to the next campsite at Pampacancha.

DAY 5 : PAMPACANCHA TO Q’OMER Q’OCHA

Today is relatively easy day. During the trek we will enjoy the snow-capped peaks of Tres Picos and Puca Punta. This is an excellent place to observe the delightful andean rabbits. This small rodent looks like a mix between a squirrel and a rabbit and they live in large groups among the stones. With luck you may spot groups of vicuñas, undoubtedly the most beautiful member of the South American camelloid family, with its golden wool.
After passing through the community of Q’ampa the trail continues north west to Q’ampa pass (5,000 masl), the last pass of this trek. From this point walking downhill we enjoy fantastic views of different-colored lakes. We will camp besides the beautiful greenish-turquoise lake Q´omer Q´ocha.

DAY 6 : Q’OMER Q’OCHA TO PACCHANTA

Today will be another easy day , we wil walk for about 3 hours to the small Andean comunity of Pacchanta. You’ll have the opportunity to rest and relax in the natural hot springs for a couple of hours enjoying a cold beer or any soft drink surrounded by amazing mountains and this interesting Andean comunity. We will set up our camp near the hot springs and we will have the afternoon free to explore the surruondings.

DAY 7 : PACCHANTA / TINQUI - CUSCO

The last day we walk just one hour until we get to the place where the bus is waiting for us where we will say goodbye to our arrieros (horsemen)and take the bus back to Cusco, arriving around 5 pm. The end of our service

Included

  • Hotel collection and round trip private bus to Tinqui community (trailhead)
  • professional bilingual tour guide
  • complete high quality camping equipment (4 person tents used just for 2 persons, mattress, dining tent, kitchen tent, toilet tent and cooking equipment).
  • Excellent cooking staff
  • plentiful meals (morning tea room service, breakfast, snacks, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner every day),
  • vegetarian option.
  • Food includes: pancakes, omelets, soups, fresh fruit, avocado, pasta, chicken, fish, meat, rice, hot drinks (including coca leaf tea which is excellent for the altitude).
  • Food is rich in carbohydrates and suitable for trekking.
  • Boiled water is also provided to fill up your water bottles.
  • Horsemen
  • pack animals (horses and mules) to carry your personal items and camping equipment
  • saddled horses
  • first aid kit and oxygen bottles.

Not Included

  • Breakfast on the first day
  • sleeping bag (you can rent this in our office US$ 30 for the whole trek).
  • walking sticks (you can rent these from our office US$ 20 for the whole trek
  • Inflatable mattress ( you can rent from the office for US$ 30 for the whole trek
  • Flight tickets
  • Airport taxes
  • Tips to tour guides and staff
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses.
PRIVATE SERVICE

A private service trek is organized just for you with private transport and your own personal tour guide. We do not add other people to your group, in order to provide you the best service possible with personal attention and added comfort.

GROUP SIZE: Private Group.
DEPARTURES: From April until November.

PRICE PER PERSON 2024:

2 persons $ 1218  per persons
3 persons $ 1090
4 persons $ 950
5 persons $ 900
6 persons $ 850
7 persons $ 800
8 persons $ 780

BOOKING INFORMATION

Choose in the Calendar the date of when you would like to start this Tour -select the month, year and the day, (Starting Date). Fill in your details as requested, and details of the people traveling with you, once you have finished and sent us your reservation, you are registered to pay a booking deposit of US$ 300 + 5% pp. Once we receive your payment, we will confirm your tour in your email and send you more details.

BOOKING DEPOSIT REQUIRED.- Online payments.

1.- Pay a booking deposit of US$ 300 + 5% card fee per person.
2.- Pay a booking deposit of US$ 300 + 6% per person through Paypal.
3.- For group bookings, transfer to our bank in Peru, US$ 300 per person, or pay with the methods mentioned above.
FINAL PAYMENT: We require the remaining balance payment of your tour 1 month before of your tour start, paying online with your reservation code in our website in How to pay OR pay in US$ cash or with a card in our office in Cusco at your arrival.

TERMS & CONDITIONS

1.- You must inform us of any medical problems or allergies. You need to be in good physical health and if your health is questionable, then you should consult a doctor. If you are over the age of 70, then you will need to present us with a current medical certificate as Ausangate trek goes to 5200 masl. (It is highly recommended that you have to be in Cusco 2 or 3 days in advance to acclimatize or to use to the altitude).
2.- You must tell to your tour guide if you wish to leave the group or the camping area for independent walks. If you are having any problems with the service, please inform to the tour guide in that moment so he can solve any problems as soon as possible.
3.- We include in this trek 8 kilos from each passenger for the horses, we will provide you a duffle bag to put your sleeping bag and personal clothes and mattress.
4.- However if you are unable to participate on this tour, we can organize an alternative tours around cusco city
5.- If you become ill or injured on the trail and are unable to continue, a porter and mule will be provided to accompany you back to an area with emergency assistance capabilities. Helicopter air lifts and medical assistance are paid at the expense of the passenger.  There will be no refund from the original payment, however we will prepare a document to certify illness which can be used to present to your travel insurance company.
6.- Our company will take all reasonable care in providing service to our clients to avoid accident, illness, loss of personal property and will only employ suitably qualified staff. We accept responsibility for the actions of our own employees. we cannot however be responsible for any action or event that was unforeseeable or unavoidable. We also cannot be responsible for improper acts by clients or other third party. You are totally responsible for your own personal property and rented equipment.
7.- Our travel agency does not take responsibility for additional costs due to unfavorable weather conditions, natural catastrophe, strikes, accidents, illness, injury, loss of personal items, etc. It is the clients responsibility to carry insurance to cover these types of events. We reserve the right to modify or cancel the program due to any of the unforeseen conditions listed above.

CANCELATION MADE BY CLIENT

A.- Cancelation of the tour once you have paid a deposit and received a confirmation incurs in the loss of the booking deposit. (US$ 300.00) per person. Non-refundable booking deposit.
B.- Cancelation of tour within 45 days to 31 days before departure incurs a loss of 70% of total tour cost…
C.- Cancelation of tour within 30 days to 8 days before departure incurs a loss of 80% of total tour cost…
D.- Cancelation of tour within 7 days – 48 hours of departure incurs a loss of 90% of total tour cost…
E.- Cancelation of tour within 48 hours of departure incurs a loss of total tour cost…

YOU SHOULD BRING

Backpack, 4-season sleeping bag (you can rent it in our office), warm clothes, fleece, sweater, rain jacket and rain poncho, change of clothes, hiking boots and sandals, trousers and shorts, wool socks, wool hat,gloves, baseball cap, flashlight and extra batteries, sun glasses, water bottle and purification tablets, sun block, insect repellent, toiletries, bathing suit and towel.

TREK OPTIONS

(1) Horse for personal use or saddle horse.- US$100 for the whole trip.
(2) Vegetarian meals.- We can provide vegetarian meals or special diets with no extra cost. Just let us know at least 2 days prior to trek departure.
(3) Sleeping bag rental.- We have sleeping bags in our office for rent. US $ 40 for the whole trip.

(4) walking sticks .- we have walking sticks in the office for rent US$ 30 for the whole trek

(5) Inflatable mattress .- you can rent it in the office for US$ 40 for the whole trek

HOW DIFFICULT IS THIS TRKKING

This 7 days of Ausangate mountain trek is considered as moderate.
There are no to many stone steps, like on the Inca Trail to Machupicchu, which can be very hard on the knees for many trekkers.
The main challenge on this Ausangate Rainbow Mountain hike is the altitude. The hike will take you across several passes that are over 5200m; as a result, you must be well-acclimatized prior this tour.

WHAT IS THE BEST TIME OF THE YEAR TO DO THIS TREKKING

The best time of year to plan your Ausangate Mountain trek is the dry season from April to October when there is no rain, this time is considered in peru as winter, during the day is really sunny and hot and during the night is really cold and the temperature is below freezing point
November to March is the wet season in Peru and trekking around Ausangate Mountain is not recommended but we still have many hikers on this tour. the rain at this altitude can actually turn into snow. Weather is always unpredictable all year around in peru.

WHAT ARE THE AVERAGE HOURS OF TREKKING PER DAY

The average walking time per day on this trekking is 6 to 8 hours, but it is not every day.

WHAT KIND OF MEALS AND ACCOMMODATIONS WE EXPECT ON THIS TREK

Our camping equipment is top quality (4 season tents that our staff will sets up for you at each campside and you will be gratefull for this quality tents, mattress, dining tent, kitchen tent, toilet tent and cooking equipment). Excellent cooking staff, plentiful meals (morning tea room service, breakfast, snacks, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner every day), vegetarian option. Food includes: pancakes, omelets, soups, fresh fruit, avocado, pasta, chicken, fish, meat, rice, hot drinks (including coca leaf tea which is excellent for the altitude). Food is rich in carbohydrates and suitable for trekking. Boiled water is also provided to fill up your water bottles.
we have a lot of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free travellers and our cooks know how to cater to their needs. With adequate preparation and clear communication, we can accommodate all other types of dietary requests.

WHAT DO I NEED TO CARRY DURING THE TREK

What you need to carry with you each day on the tour is a light day pack. In your day pack, you should carry a water bottle; some extra warm layers, scarf; a camera; a sun hat; and sunscreen.
Water is extremely important while hiking. You should start each day with 2L, knowing you fill up your water bottles at meal times.
The rest of your belongings – up to 8kg  – are carried in a duffel bag that we provide you, by mules. All of the camping equipment needed on the trek is also carried by mules.

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